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I may have failed to mention that I started a blog recently, and I am attempting to follow a blog challenge designed by someone I discuss writing with on a Discord server. It's a good attempt, and while my day to day success is still mitigated by migraines, I think it will be a wonderful project overall that gets me in a habit of writing new stories for the best reason of all: because I can. If I can start scheduling posts ahead of time while my mind is functioning, and get in the habit of doing so, all will be golden.

Anyway... I began with a straightforward explanation of why I write (the blog challenge's first instruction), but come a week later and I find that questions of what I write are more pressing in my mind. Does the writing industry at large still frown on erotica? I know deviantART policy doesn't allow pornographic material, though people push those limits. Does that mean I ought to keep any such content off my blog, or at least only post such things under an alias? It seems both disingenuous and excessive to log in and out of one account so I can post things under another without fear of a backlash in public opinion. My real name is on my blog, as it is on this deviantART account, and I do still have some hope of snagging a mainstream publishing contract someday, so I would like to know now what I might be getting myself into later, if I publish erotica under my own name (first).

This is a discussion I am eager to begin, and it starts with you. Yes, you! I know both readers and writers alike come across my musings from time to time, so I'm hoping you will all go read my latest blog entry and comment on it. (The commenting is the important part!)

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So, uh... hi? I feel like I'm sneaking in the back door and pretending I'm not late to the party, here. Oops. Oops emote It's been years since I posted here, and the last few entries in my journal were just reposts of useful links and resources (which don't really count in my mind as updates of anything). I've been away, and now I'm considering poking around again. I likely don't know anyone who's still around from before my sabbatical (yeah, that's what we'll call it =p), and frankly I went and deleted all the notifications in my message center because I couldn't even begin to wade through the nearly 4,000 messages. I guess I really have been gone awhile, that or you all post updates like crazy. =D

What's up with me? Still having health problems (chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, to name a few) that completely disable me and keep me from being able to work. I did manage to work at Starbucks for almost a year, but I lost that job when my health slid downward again, as it seems prone to do. It was nice while it lasted, at least. I can't say that I'm really doing much of anything, I mostly sit around chatting online or roleplaying at RPG Crossing. I'm rather addicted to play-by-post RPGs that let me explore a diverse range of characters I'd probably never write as protagonists in my attempts at novels, but are interesting nonetheless. It challenges me to write new and different sorts of stories in its own way. And I'm running a game, also. The first part is a published adventure, but I have grandiose plans for what comes next. It's fun to try and plot out a story when the characters aren't controlled by you, and can make or break it easily enough with the right stimuli.

I've rediscovered 4thewords the online writing game where you "beat monsters" by writing a certain word count in a certain timeframe. I love it, it keeps me trying to write daily and I think it's improving my writing habits, even if I do have a tendency to write ranty journal entries every few days. I wish I wrote prose, or had any sort of inspiration to write on one idea, but my inspiration has been rather dry of late and I'm left with only RPG posts and journal entries. Not that the RPG posts are necessarily short, I'm a rather prolific writer when I can sense what my character is going through in a given instant. Even when I decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo this coming month, I couldn't for the life of me decide what I was going to write. I've fallen back on the cop out plan, revising an old novel, but I want to write something new and exciting. Maybe I just miss the thrill of being caught up in a story so much you can't put it down.

On a Discord server devoted to writing, I've met a few people who do commissions, and actually make money doing it. I asked questions, hoping I might manage to make some pocket money also, and they suggested I start here, so I made my way back. I'm not sure if I can write the sort of anthro/furry/fandom fiction that they seem to get commissioned for, but then, I've never really tried. Have any of you done commissions here? Any pointers?

And finally, what's up with you guys? I imagine most of you still have me on your watchlist if you knew me years back (unless you're crazy organized), so I'm hoping you'll see this and comment!

Yours,
MotleyDreams

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Another NaNo Approaches

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 12:26 PM
No, it may not be November, but it's still time to write like crazy, at least for those of us who do that sort of thing. I'm having trouble deciding if I am going to participate or not... I keep trying and failing. At least with Camp NaNo, you can set your own goal, instead of the 50K craziness of November. (I approve of this.)

Are you one of the many writers planning to work feverishly for a month on one of the programs being run, or a similar one of your own creation? (The list includes Camp NaNoWriMo, NaPoWriMo, Screnzy, and more.) If you're interested, you should check out the links below, most of which I grabbed straight from CRLiterature, where you can keep tabs on the active literature scene. Most of these are old, but if the challenge hasn't changed, there isn't really a need for repeat articles on the topic.



I've been absent from deviantART for awhile now, and I don't know how likely I am to spend time here when I should be writing, so I doubt I'll be in any chatrooms, but there are several like #NaNoWriMo, :#cananowrimo:, or CampNaNoWriMo if you need friendly banter and distractions support while writing any of your various April projects. There's also #CRLiterature which may be more active but less specific. Please Note: I don't know which of these chatrooms are actually active! If you know anything about these, do let me know and I'll try to update.

Having convinced myself to write this April, what am I writing? I'm taking the concept behind my Legacy of Light series back to what it was originally; I wanted to create a group of novellas that told a story. Each stands alone, but together they tell a longer plot spanning a thousand years of Sraekin history. My original idea became a series of four (and then five) novels when I started writing Eryn and hit 50,000 words early on. Now that I wrote Eryn last April (142,000-word manuscript in one crazy month FTW), and I'm most of the way through Valya (which I continued working on after I hit 56k in November for a current word count of about 110k), it is now time for Liriel. You can find me (username aethera) over on the NaNoWriMo site if you so desire. I've taken PinkyMcCoversong's advice [again] and started some pre-writing/planning in a paper journal to get me through some of the problem spots I've run into in the past.

You might even get a blog post or three from me. :faint:

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When I was three, I dictated a story to my preschool teacher. I'm going to have to see if my parents still have it, I know they found it a few years ago but downsizing may have ended that confounding tale of preschooler logic. I honestly don't know when I wrote the first story that had logical sense to it of the kind that adults could read, probably about the same time I could follow adult logic. There really never was a 'start' to my writing, it was always a part of me. I do know I was writing comprehensible stories when I was twelve, when I would borrow my dad's work laptop and then save the files to a floppy disk and hide the disk. My family called it my "Secret Writings", and it became a family joke that I was never willing to share. These days, I understand how hard it is to share what I write. Those who don't write don't seem to understand there's part of me poured out on that page. I expect if I ever write a memoir about writing, I'll call it Secret Writings, but that's neither here nor there before I've completed a manuscript to my satisfaction.
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Thank you! I've enjoyed it so far, even the eating too much good food.
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